Jeff Mills was here April 27.
Jeff Mills is considered one of the most brilliant Techno DJs and producers in the world. He is one of the most-recognized representative figures of Detroit Techno, where he began his career as a DJ on the radio station WDRQ in 1984. He, along with “Mad” Mike Banks, helped create the collective “Underground Resistance” which became an icon in the electronic music sphere.
In 1992, Jeff Mills created his own label “Axis” where he could keep his artistic independence and produce his own timeless electronic music compositions, inspired by science fiction. While he performs as a DJ all over the world an average of 100 dates in a year, Jeff Mills’ artistic career goes much further than just Techno music. For over a decade, he’s been transcending disciplines with a large number of collaborations in contemporary art.
Interested in cinema and attracted by images, Jeff Mills started working, in 2000, on the fusion of image and sound. That year, he created and presented a new soundtrack for the film Metropolis by Fritz Lang at the Pompidou Center in France. A year after, he created Mono, an installation inspired by the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Stanley Kubrick.
In 2004, Jeff Mills produced the DVD Exhibitionist which presents DJ sets filmed from various angles (from front, top and side). At that same period, he acquired a new tool, the DVJ-X that allowed him to manipulate image and sound together, paving the way into the art world. In 2005, Jeff Mills made, for MK2, a new soundtrack for the silent movie Three Ages by Buster Keaton, and created a series of six video artworks presented in Paris at the Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois and at the « rendez-vous vidéo » of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen.
Jeff Mills continued this work period with a production on Josephine Baker, presented during the FIAC 2005 in the Grand Palais. On July 2nd, 2005, Jeff Mills played together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Montpellier, for the 20th anniversary of the Pont du Gard’s inclusion in the world heritage list by UNESCO. Together with the orchestra, Jeff Mills performed his own compositions, orchestrated by Thomas Roussel for this occasion.
In 2007, he was invited by the movie director Claire Denis to create the sound environment of the exhibition Diaspora at the Musée du Guai Branly in Paris. That same year, Jeff Mills received the title of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Ministry of Culture. In 2008, Jeff Mills was commissioned to create a contemporary installation for 100-Year Anniversary of the Futurist Manifesto at the Pompidou Center. At the Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Jeff Mills and “Mad” Mike Banks were together again for an historical performance called X-102: Rediscovers the Rings of Saturn, mixing video and music.
Always busy, Jeff Mills is involved in numerous projects at this time, including several film soundtracks collaborating with Cinematheque and Cite de la Musique in Paris. Please go towww.axisrecords.com for more info.